The latest update on Dillon:
Vet was out not quite 2 weeks ago. He has moved from chronic to acute. The only adjustments needed were both knees and accupunture also.Because of the warmer winter I have been able to take him out as long as it is not too muddy. I rode 11 times for a total of 17.68 miles in January. We have another appt with both horses in March and I think after that he will only need a couple times a year..after that
He has been doing very well, always has more spunk and go when we go out with the mare, he still will stop and rest for a few seconds now and then and then continues on. I have pretty much limited his trotting, if he wants to I let him trot up hills, if not we walk. A couple times including once this week, he broke into a wonderful smooth lope up hill and I have to say it felt invigorating, nothing seemed to be off in his gait so happy I was!
Friday I took him out with another horse from our barn whom he has access to across fences but not pastured with. Since the other horse is gaited we were behind. I wanted to see how he would act with another horse since it has been a year and a half (remembered he bowed his tendon September of 2010) since we had gone with another horse besides our new mare. He was full of it and wanted to go go. He threw his head early in the ride and did what I call a teenie tiny buck, and of course I got verbably stern with him and he settled down. I told my friend not to wait as I did not want to try to keep up with her so he really wanted to be with him and kept looking but went along and of course it had to be on a hill going down he did another buck..still tiny but tad higher and I swear I felt all four legs off the ground. At this point I thought if he kept it up I would come off but I got after him with my voice and loosened the reins and he settled right away and did not anymore of this behaviour the rest of the ride. I was so pleased I cannot even express. BTW I was using my bareback pad. I really like not using a saddle and feel more comfortable using that than the saddle.
Boy though today my legs were sure feeling it! Haven't used those muscles like that in a while.
Anyways I know he is not 100% but I think he's going to come out of this just fine!!